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The mission of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (formerly the Homeless Coalition of San Benito County) is to eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito counties by “promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.”

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Hollister Council Revisiting Rules for Parking RVs


The Hollister City Council is considering changes to its rules on parking recreational vehicles, which prohibit parking on city streets and driveways.

Hollister Releases Survey on RV Ordinance


The city of Hollister released a survey regarding its recreational vehicle ordinance, which is available online and at City Hall.

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March 10 ceremony will welcome emergency shelter expansion

Local officials invite the public to a welcoming ceremony highlighting the completion of the San Benito County emergency shelter expansion project and renovation of the Migrant Center Homes. The ceremony will take place at 10am March 10 at 3235 Southside …

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2022 was a year that needed a lot of explaining. And California Local was there. Here are our 10 most important explanatory journalism stories from the year gone by, from immigration to cryptocurrency to wealth inequality and more.

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California’s New Slate of Animal Welfare Laws

New laws banning toxicity testing on dogs and cats, and making rental housing more pet friendly are among a slate of new animal welfare legislation signed by Gov. Newsom in September.

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County homeless population jumps by 26%

San Benito County’s homeless population has increased by 26%–or 75 people–since 2019. Much of this increase is reportedly linked to ongoing challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic, and county officials say there would be even more homeless residents without the …

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Homeless Coalition names new executive director

The Board of the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers for Monterey and San Benito Counties (CHSP) announced that Genevieve Lucas-Conwell is the new incoming Executive Director of the Coalition. Joining CHSP from the Bay Area, Lucas-Conwell has served alongside the …

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Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think

The links between homelessness and crime are complex, and the idea that unhoused individuals present a danger to their community seems to be exaggerated.

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A Real Solution to the Housing Crisis

Gov. Newsom and the state legislature should consider allocating $40 billion of the state's $97 billion surplus to subsidize the building of low-income housing.

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Homelessness continues to rise near San Juan Road

Special to the Free Lance San Benito County officials and property owners continue to seek more funding to provide more services for local homeless people, and to reduce the unhoused population.  The San Benito County Board of Supervisors discussed some …

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California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here

How the California mental health crisis emerged out of the state’s history of deinstitutionalization and laws designed to protect the mentally ill, as well as the communities around them.

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Getting to Yes

In which we ponder how to make things better in a climate of no.

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